LED Parking Lot Lights
LED Parking Lot lights are typically pole mounted shoe box lights or pole top lights mounted between 15 feet and 40 feet providing outdoor lighting for large outdoor areas and parking lots. Businesses prefer to convert their parking lots to LED because they deliver a powerful, high quality light source and are proven to lower maintenance costs and reduce lighting bills by 50% to 80%.
Frequently Asked Questions
We spoke to our customers to find out what questions they have when buying LED parking lot lights. If it’s your first time making a purchase with LED Lighting Supply, feel free to call us at (888) 423-3191 to speak directly with one of our lighting experts.
What Type of Light Is Considered the Best Parking Lot Light?
Most customers usually install parking or Shoebox lights. These lights are mounted on poles, which are already there for existing installations.
Why Use LED Parking Lot Lights?
LED parking lot lights offer a plethora of benefits. Here are some of the main benefits:
Significant energy cost savings
Improved light quality and safety for those who use the parking lot.
How Tall Can You Mount LED Parking Lot Lights?
Parking lot light poles tend to be between 15 feet and up to 50 feet high.
How to Choose the Right LED Parking Lot Light?
The following factors can impact the right fixture for your needs:
Mounting type required and voltage used (100-277 or 347-480) – all mount and voltage options are not available for all fixtures.
Fixture color (we stock bronze and white)
Is a photocell or motion required – this can impact availability and cost
Cost preference – there is a cost scale based on performance, quality, and warranty – Good, Better and Best.
How quickly it is needed (is it in stock)
LED vs Metal Halide: What's Better for Outdoor Parking Area Lighting?
LED parking lot lights have lumen packages that can easily match the output of HID bulbs, one for one. They do so at an energy savings of 50% to 80%. Depending on the type of HID bulb, their quality of light is far superior. The long lifespan of LED lights in general, when compared to HID, means that they are far less costly to maintain.
And because LEDs can be instantly turned on and off and can dim, they work well with energy-saving light controls like motion sensors.
What Are The Best LED Parking Lot Lights?
There is no one perfect parking lot light for all applications and situations. There is a reliable and dependable process you can count on to help determine what parking lot light will work for you.
There are too many variables to choose from - power, lumens, optics and shields that makes it difficult for any true lighting professional to claim they have the best one size fits all light. Even among fixtures, you would be surprised how 2 similar lights behave differently in a lighting plan.
The secret to success is to start with a lighting plan - and let the plan determine what the best led parking lot light is. Here are the steps.
- Start with determining how much light you need. That's typically a light measurement in terms of lux, lumens per square foot, or our preferred measurement, foot candles.
- Ask for a lighting plan. Provide us with a map location or scaled drawing. Indicate where the poles are, or tell us to suggest pole locations.
- Let us create the lighting plan (we do these for free). We will try different fixtures and provide you with options. The plan will show you light levels, light balance and number of fixtures used. It will also tell you what fixture we used.
This is the best formula for success. We can help you find the best led parking lot lights for your needs - instead of claiming we have the best one size fits all light. That just doesn't work.
BEFORE YOU BUY
How to Estimate LED Lighting for an Outdoor Parking Lot?
There is no real need to estimate LED Lighting for parking lots. By creating a lighting plan first, it takes the guesswork out of determining how many lights you need, and what types of lights you need. From there, we can easily produce an estimate that provides you with a cost for the project.
How can you Retrofit to LED Parking Lot Lights?
We can supply both new fixtures as well as retrofit kits designed for parking lot lights. If the fixtures are in good shape, a retrofit option can be a great option. The kits contain everything you need to replace the metal halide or HPS components of a parking lot light.
Retrofitting is about as challenging to an electrician as an HID bulb and ballast replacement. Instead of replacing the old bulbs and ballasts with new ones, he is substituting in our retrofit kits.
What Size LED lights Are Used for Parking Lots?
The three most common sizes used for parking lot lights are thought in terms of replacement of metal halide fixtures. Here are some starting guidelines of sizing LED parking lot lights to common metal halide output:
250 Watt Metal Halide 9,000 - 12,000 LED lumens
400 Watt Metal Halide 15,000 - 25,000 LED lumens
1000 Watt Metal Halide 39,000 - 50,000 LED lumens
What Are the Brightest LED Parking Lot Lights?
The brightest LED parking lot light we offer is 500 Watts producing around 70,000 lumens.
How Long Do LED Parking Lot Lights Last?
Most parking lot lights are used, on average, 12 hours a night or 4380 hours per year. Over 10 years of life, that calculates to 43,800 hours. That is well under the minimum expected life of any parking lot light we sell.
Some lights we sell are expected to last much longer than that, and equipped with drivers that are designed for 70,000 hours of use. That means you can expect your LED parking lot lights to last 10-20 years.
What Optics or Light Patterns Are Available for Parking Lot Fixtures?
There are five basic types, designated Type 1 to Type 5. By far the two most common are:
Type 3: This distribution layout is meant for the parking spaces and general roadway areas. They are higher than Type II but shorter in width from them. Its the perfect choice for lighting on the edges of the parking lot area.
Type 5: This distribution type is circular that makes it generate the same amount of light in all positions. It works great for spaces that need a lot of even lighting. Its ideal for poles mounted in the center of parking lots.
How Much Do LED Parking Lot Lights Cost?
It depends on a lot of factors / features that meet your requirements. There is a cost scale based on performance, quality, and warranty – Good, Better and Best. It’s best to qualify your requirements with us and we will identify the cost options.
Do You Sell Parking Lot Light Poles?
We do not sell poles but have worked with pole suppliers to accommodate the needs of our customers. Contact us if you are looking for help.
FIXTURES AND FITTINGS
Can I Send a Site Plan for Parking Lot Lights to You?
Yes, you can submit a parking lot lighting plan here where you have the option to upload a pdf, dwg (CAD) or AGI file of your parking lot. You can also send us an image (jpg or png) of the layout. Make sure we can easily identify the scale of the drawing.
Should I Use Motion Sensors in LED Parking Lot Lights?
Yes, if you can. Motion sensors will dim or turn off the light when people or cars moving cannot be detected. This will save you even more money on your lighting bill, and extend the life of the light as well. If you have a parking lot that’s empty for 75% of the night, dimming makes sense.
Dimming to 10% lit will create incredible savings over the metal halide lights they replace.
How Do You Install LED Parking Lot Lights?
There is no difference between installing LED parking lot lights and metal halide lights. Typically, a qualified electrician that has access to a boom truck or lift is hired, and they go through the process of removing and replacing the lights. Because of the heights involved, it is best to use a qualified electrician for this process.
How Can You Change over to LED Parking Lot Lights?
There are two main ways to change parking lot lights: retrofit or replace them. Retrofitting is a process in which the internal lighting HID components are removed and replaced with LED components.
If you have a significant investment in your parking lot fixture and want to keep the same look, this is a great option.
Otherwise, your second option is replacement. Replacement removes the old fixture and replaces it with a brand new LED fixture.
How Can You Adjust the Lighting on LED Parking Lot Lights?
There are two types of adjustments that you should think about: beam pattern and light levels. Beam patterns should be chosen at the time of purchase. Having a lighting plan is the best way to choose this. Light levels can be adjusted by dimming the output. This type of adjustment is done typically when a motion sensor is used.
Once an LED Parking Lot Lights fixture is installed, we never see adjustments being made. In a very few cases, a customer will add a few fixtures because they want more light in certain areas.
Request a free parking lot lighting plan
Your successful parking lot conversion to LED is a combination of using the right amount of lumens and achieving a balanced light distribution. Distribution can be achieved with using Type 3, 4 and 5 optics.
But did you know that Type 3 and 4 are forward throw optics? Do you know how that can make the difference between having a successful led conversion and one that is dark, spotty and full of shadows?
Whether you need a free lighting plan or have questions about LEDs, our expert lighting team will help you make the right choice. Choosing the right shoebox fixture is the key to success.
Contact us for a free lighting plan or to discuss your LED lighting goals.